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Construction Permits for Metal Buildings

Part 2: Five Things Required to an Obtain Metal Building Permit To apply for construction permits you will need: 1. Your property deed with the legal description of the property 2. The size and intended use for the structure 3. Structural plans certified and stamped by an engineer licensed in that state 4. Location of the building on the property 5. Patience The building department makes sure your project meets all code, load, zoning, safety, size, aesthetic, and local requirements.… Read More

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Does a Steel Building Need a Building Permit?

Part 1: The Importance of Construction Permits for Metal Buildings Do you need a building permit to erect a pre-engineered steel building? Probably. Most local building authorities require construction permits for all new construction and remodel additions. While some rural areas may not need a building permit for agricultural steel buildings or storage structures, NEVER assume your structure is exempt. Why Do You Need a Building Permit? Building permits and inspections protect you from inferior construction. They make sure your… Read More

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Less is More with Pre-engineered Metal Buildings

Less Hassles and Headaches with Steel Building Systems Pre-engineered metal buildings distill the building process to its simplest form. Steel building systems by design eliminate the wasted materials, wasted time, and wasted motion so often a part of building. Whatever the application, choosing a dependable, easy-to-erect prefabricated metal building takes the stress out of construction. Why Less is MORE with Pre-engineered Steel Buildings It sounds like an oxymoron, but less really is more with RHINO's simple steel building kits. LESS… Read More

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What Is a Pre-engineered Metal Building?

Solving the puzzle known as PEMB Which of the following do you think is the correct pre-engineered buildings definition? • A cost-efficient alternative building system to conventional construction • A steel building designed for the most efficient use of raw materials • A structural system generally including steel framing, roofing, and wall cladding • A structure built on site using prefabricated components • A simplified, streamlined building system designed for quick construction Actually, all of these pre-engineered building definitions describe… Read More

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Steel Homes: Think Outside the Box- Part 6

Using Pre-engineered Metal Building Systems to Build Metal Homes Did you know many people choose pre-engineered steel building systems to build their own steel homes? Who wouldn’t want all the benefits of steel buildings for their home? Pre-engineered steel buildings dominate the agricultural, commercial, and industrial low-rise construction markets. Why? Steel buildings offer wonderful advantages over other building methods. Pre-engineered metal buildings provide: STRENGTH: No other building material matches the strength of steel. DURABILITY: No other building method outlasts steel.… Read More

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Steel Buildings: Think Outside the Box- Part 5

Receding an Exterior Wall Changes the Look of Metal Buildings In Part 4 of our series on “Steel Buildings: Think Outside the Box” we covered adding pop-out sections of framing. Pop-outs protrude outside the main structure, breaking up the boxy look of pre-engineered steel buildings. Another way to add visual interest to a metal building is to do the exact opposite. Instead of extending an exterior wall, consider receding an exterior wall, sort of a “pop-in” section. Practical Reasons for Indenting an… Read More

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Steel Buildings: Think Outside the Box- Part 4

Adding Pizzazz to Metal Buildings with “Pop-Out” Framing The most economical shape for pre-engineered steel buildings remains the basic rectangle. While practical for most industrial, agricultural, and storage applications, commercial enterprises sometime require more visual interest. In this series on customizing steel buildings, we have divulged several ways to lose the “boxy” look of metal buildings to add eye appeal. So far, we have covered: • Part 1: Changing the Roofline • Part 2: Adding Roofline Extensions • Part 3:… Read More

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Steel Buildings: Think Outside the Box- Part 3

Customizing the Exteriors of Pre-engineered Metal Buildings Steel buildings do not have to look like steel buildings. There are many ways to enhance the exterior of a structure to lose the “boxy” look of a metal building. In parts one and two of this series, we offered suggestions for changing the roofline and profile of a steel building to create a more traditional look. The versatility steel buildings doesn’t stop there. Any exterior building material available for other building systems… Read More

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Steel Buildings: Think Outside the Box- Part 2

Roofline Extensions Add Flair to Pre-engineered Metal Buildings In part one of this series on steel buildings, we discussed changing the roof pitch and gable rooflines versus hip rooflines. You can also “dress up” metal buildings by adding eave overhangs or canopies. In standard pre-engineered steel buildings, the roofline ends flush with sidewalls. That is adequate for many applications, where the “boxy” look of the building does not matter. For example, agricultural barns and industrial warehouses find this basic steel… Read More

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Steel Buildings: Think Outside the Box- Part 1

Adding Personality to a Metal Building by Changing the Roofline In pre-engineered steel buildings, nothing is more affordable than a basic box. Most agricultural, aviation, and industrial metal building buyers find “no-frills” prefabricated metal buildings both practical and economical for their needs. However, commercial buyers sometimes require a more upscale building appearance. Their building designs must attract customers and blend in with neighboring businesses. Although these buyers long for the benefits of steel buildings, they think steel limits their exterior… Read More

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